Landmarks in Antigua

Antigua's landmarks all honor a significant point of island history

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As small as Antigua is, many visitors are shocked to find that there are over 300 historical sites to visit on the island, and an additional 15 on Barbuda.

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Most of these sites were once used by the British military, including forts and lookouts, but there a few other religious and industrial attractions worth a visit.

Forts and Military Sites

The coastline of Antigua was once lined with British forts. Today, these forts, which are for the most part in ruins, make great attractions to visit – especially since they are free to see.

Religious Sites

Originally built in 1683, St. John's Cathedral on Church Lane had been rebuilt at least twice by the late 1800s due to earthquake damage. Today it stands in need of further repair after the Earthquake of 1974, but the architecture makes it a popular site to see.

Museums

The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda

If you like to become more aware of other cultures and places, you might want to visit a museum during your time on Antigua. To see detailed information concerning each museum, try clicking on the name.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. It is located in downtown St. John's. Puruse this museum and discover the fascinating history of Antigua, from before European settlements to cultural experiences today. It may provide you with a new lens with which to view this tropical paradise.

Many travelers also choose to visit Dockyard Museum. It is situated at Nelson's Dockyard National Park and English Harbour, in southern Antigua. Originally built in 1855, Nelson's Dockyard served as the officer's quarters in the Royal Navy Dockyard. The building was restored and used as the National Parks Office in the 1970s, but by 1997 the rooms were once again restructured and put to use as the Dockyard Museum.

Betty's Hope: Betty's Hope is an old sugar plantation on a gorgeous property with curved hills. Enjoy a tour of the area and the museum which details the fascinating history of the plantation, the mill and the owners.

The table just below lists a few details concerning some museums to consider on the island.

Museums On Antigua
Name Phone Location
Betty's Hope (268) 462-1469 3.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central All Saints
Dockyard Museum (268) 460-1379 1.4 mi. Southeast of Central Falmouth Harbour
National Hero's Park -- 1.9 mi. East of Downtown St. John's
The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda (268) 462-1469 Downtown St. John's
TradeWinds Antigua (855) 600-5821 0.2 mi. East of Central Jolly Harbour

Historical Sites

Shirley Heights Fort

Enjoy discovering the history of countries you visit? If yes, you might want to visit one or two of these historical sites while on vacation in Antigua.

A landmark worth visiting is Shirley Heights Fort. It is located in southern Antigua. Shirley Heights is open daily from sun up to sun down and beyond.

Many travelers also choose to visit Greencastle Hill Park. It is found within western Antigua. One of the highest hills in Antigua, Greencastle Hill has been a popular place for hikers, tourist, and locals for most of recorded history. With beautiful views of the surrounding area, it is not uncommon to find people here simply enjoying the scenery.

Fort Berkeley: This impressive fort at one time stood as the harbor's main protection from enemy navies. Built in 1704, the fort would eventually be armed with at leas twenty-five cannons that could reach about a mile and a half each, a clear deterrent to any approaching ships.

Be sure to look at this table to see sites of historical interest on the island.

Historic Sites On Antigua
Name Phone Location
Fort Barrington -- 2.9 mi. West of Central St. John's
Fort Berkeley (268) 481-5028 1.5 mi. Southeast of Central Falmouth Harbour
Fort James -- 1.5 mi. West-Northwest of Downtown St. John's
Greencastle Hill Park -- 3.2 mi. South of Central St. John's
Nelson's Ruins Northeast -- 1.3 mi. South-Southeast of Central Falmouth Harbour
Nelson's Ruins Southeast -- 1.3 mi. South-Southeast of Central Falmouth Harbour
Nelson's Ruins West -- 1.3 mi. South-Southeast of Central Falmouth Harbour
Old Sugar Factory -- Central Antigua
Old Sugar Mill Ruins -- 1.8 mi. East-Northeast of Downtown St. John's
Shirley Heights Fort (268) 481-5021 2.0 mi. Southeast of Central Falmouth Harbour
St. John's Cathedral (268) 462-0820 Downtown St. John's
Sweets Windmill Ruins -- 1.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central All Saints

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Guests will explore some other intriguing places worth visiting on the island.

Miscellaneous Landmarks On Antigua
Name Type Location Island
Stanford Cricket Ground Attraction 3.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central St. John's Antigua

Keep in mind, you can find plenty of other attraction types available too. To get more information on other attractions for Antigua, go to this article.

Whether you choose to spend your vacation days inside a museum, or out exploring the ruins of a fort, there is something to be learned at each of Antigua's landmarks.

 

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